Door Talk began as an idea at the beginning of the pandemic in early 2020 among its founders at Warren Doors & Access Control when, along with everyone else in the world, we quickly transitioned to a new way of communicating among our teams and business contacts. Over the first few months, we kicked around many ideas of how best to achieve our goal to connect safety & security professionals, educate our viewers, and promote the door industry in this fast-changing world and uncertain new future. Ultimately, we decided to produce a weekly Door Talk program and Tech Talk videos to include product demonstrations, engaging interviews, and how-tos on various topics related to our industry. With such a big project in development, the team of Matt Gaines, Austin Watson, Dana Wetherbee, Patricia Barranco, Jason Wilson, Nathan Delcamp, Bobby Rosado, and Hannah Hargrove helped bring years of experience in the door industry, information technology, marketing, and video production to make Door Talk a reality. And while still fulfilling the duties of their day jobs working at a door company!
ROBERT L. WARREN, JR., CFDAI
President, Warren Doors & Access Control
Robert L. Warren, Jr. is President of Warren Doors & Access Control, a commercial hardware distributor and access control integrator, serving the Southeast USA since 1985. Robert has worked in the construction and information technology industries for the past 25 years and is a graduate of the University of West Florida College of Business. Go Argos! The Warren family has also operated several businesses in Northwest Florida since the 1950s, including Warren Hardware and Warren Plastering. Robert is proud to be a 3rd generation family business owner, after his father, Robert (Bob) L. Warren, Sr. and grandfather, J. Lee Warren, uncles J.P. Warren and C. Donivan Bradley, and is a native of Pensacola, Florida.
Before rejoining Warren Doors & Access Control in 2015, Robert worked as an information technology consultant with Baptist Health Care and the Baptist Leadership Group. Subsequently, he owned a software development consulting firm, developing commercial web-based applications for the construction, health care, and education markets for over 10 years. Robert is a member of the Door Hardware Institute (DHI), the National Association of Industrial Office Properties (NAIOP), Rotary International, and is a graduate of the Leadership Pensacola Class of 2007. As a founding member and host of DOOR TALK, Robert’s vision is to offer a new platform to bring architectural door and hardware experts together to highlight our profession, products, and solutions while promoting the security and safety industry.
Access Control Manager and Licensed Electrical Contractor
Matt Gaines is the Access Control Manager at Warren Doors & Access Control. He started working an entry level position at Warren Doors and Access Control 13 years ago. He learned and excelled quickly, becoming a keying specialist and earning a certification in Allegion Smart Locks and an advanced certification with S2. Matt has also been an electrical contractor in the state of Florida for six years. He is a founding member of DOOR TALK.
AUSTIN WATSON, EHC, DHT
Project Manager and Access Control Specialist
Austin Watson is a Project Manager and EAC Specialist at Warren Doors & Access Control. He started as a Warehouse Manager Assistant back in 2015 and has quickly found his niche in which he excels, EAC, first as an installer and now manager. He is a certified DHT, door hardware technician, with DHI and working towards his EHC credential also. Austin is a certified installer with NABCO Entrances. He is also certified with AAADM, the S&G 2890 High Security Lock, the Lockmaster’s LKM10-10K, the Kaba X-10 High Security Lock, and trained in ICD 705 SCIF Construction. As a founding member and host of DOOR TALK, Austin’s hope is for DOOR TALK to grow and encourage others to get involved in their industry.
Senior Project Manager
Dana Wetherbee is a Senior Manager at Warren Doors & Access Control. Born and raised in Massachusetts, Dana joined the US. Army and was stationed in Heilbronn Germany. There he met his wife, a fellow service member, and they were married in Germany. After his honorable discharge, he started his career in the construction industry. Dana’s first job was as a receiving clerk of a hardware company in the Chicago area. He trained and became a locksmith to advance from receiving clerk. He then started his own locksmith service company, independently servicing clients throughout the Midwest for several years. Moving to Alabama in 1993 he continued working in the construction business.
Dana has attended numerous manufacturer classes including, but not limited to, Schlage, Von Duprin, and Corbin. He has been a member of DHI and CSI. He now works with Architects and End Users to develop hardware specifications for new projects. Dana likes to expand his knowledge by learning about new products and the enhanced functionality they offer. He is a firm believer that you should learn something new everyday.
Hannah Hargrove: Executive Assistant; Warren Doors & Access Control